Story: Bush trams and other log transport

Brakemen

In 1904, this tramway at Maropiu, Northland, had such a steep grade it required a brakeman riding on each bogie (small cart). They both wound hand cranks that pressed board brakes onto the faces of each wheel. It was very dangerous work. On a nearby tram in that same year, a brakeman was crushed to death by a log when a bogie wheel collapsed.

Listen to Alec Brownlee talk about the tramways that brought logs to the mills on the West Coast.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Alec Brownlee – sawmiller/Reference number CDR1038)

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Paul Mahoney, 'Bush trams and other log transport - Lokeys, bogies and rail tractors', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/12236/brakemen (accessed 22 February 2019)

Story by Paul Mahoney, published 24 Sep 2007